2017 IT Web Personality of the Year

IT Web commissioned me to shoot the Cape Town nominees for this year’s award. It’s always a bit tough matching another photographer’s lighting for a national project, but this was an easier task somehow. There’s just something timeless about grey backgrounds and black & white.

Keeping it really, really simple with one small softbox to camera right did the trick. It’s all about positioning the lighting angle, the sitter and watching the distance from the subject to the background. Finally getting that bit of sparkle from the Baratang put the cherry on top. I’m afraid no tutorial can teach you how to connect with people. You either love human beings or you don’t.  People are unpredictable, products don’t talk back. Photograph your passion.

Cape Town Carnival 2017

Based loosely on Rio’s Carnival, the Cape Town Carnival is our very own African version. The 2017 Parade story began at the edge of the sea, emerging at the surface, plunging down to the depths and into the abyss. Floats varied from the Sun Godess to the Angler Fish.

Shooting on the street in amongst the performers and press gang at night was quite a challenging experience. Fortunately no lenses were dropped and I managed to stay upright on both feet while keeping focused on the fast moving flotillas.


Arch for the Arch

It was a special moment celebrating Desmond Tutu’s birthday from behind my lens. I covered the event for sponsor’s Liberty when the unique monument was unveiled at the entrance to the Company’s Garden in Cape Town on the 7th October. The dome shaped “Arch for Arch”, monument is constructed of bent wood with the 14 “strands” of the structure inscribed with excerpts from South Africa’s Constitution. A beautiful reminder to the Mother City of who has gone before us.

A good news story | Mr P Foundation

Every now and again you get to be part of telling some of the many feel good stories happening each day in this beautiful country of ours. Micaela didn’t allow where she started to define her current trajectory. Her manager told me she was astounded at how quickly Micaela has risen through the ranks. Micaela loves what she does, which has helped her make the best of this opportunity. Read more

This was my first outing with the really neat Cactus portable flash lighting kit. It’s a joy being able to get in and out of places with minimal weight and set up time. Simply put, my key light is a small soft box to camera left. A large shoot through umbrella added a highlight to her left cheek and lit up the shop interior behind Micaela.

Equally special was meeting another respected photographer, Pierre Tostee, who also happens to be my client at Mr P Foundation. He had this to say after the shoot.

“Beautiful work Julian! You not only captured the images we needed but more importantly our heart as a brand. It’s such a privilege to work with a true professional and we look forward to working with you in the future.”